If You're Going Through a Tough Time, Read This

The suicide of Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell hit me pretty hard today.  It's hard to imagine what was happening inside his head last night.  He was performing on stage in front of thousands of fans with these ideas of suicide swirling in his mind. A few hours later, he was found dead in his hotel room.  His life seemed perfectly normal to everyone on the outside.  He was a rock star with god-given talent that very few of us will ever possess.  Yet he couldn't overcome the internal battle he was fighting.  

You and i have probably never met.  I don't know what you're dealing with.  But i want you to know something.  I care.  I really do.  Even if we never meet in person,  I want you to find true happiness in life.   

I've lost friends and co-workers to suicide.  In every case I've always wondered what I should have said...or done.   So, let me say this to you.  If you're dealing with something that's bigger than you, there's people to help.  The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.  It's available 24-7. 

Please, if you're having suicidal thoughts... talk to them.  

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